By: Chris Musillo

The Department of State has just issued the November 2019 Visa Bulletin. This is the second Visa Bulletin of Fiscal Year 2020. This blog post analyzes this month's Visa Bulletin.

November 2019 Visa Bulletin

Table A: Final Action Dates -- Applications with these dates may be approved for their Green Card (Permanent Residency card) or Immigrant Visa appointment.

Employment-
based
All Other CHINA INDIA PHILIPPINES
1st 01JUN18 01FEB17 01JAN15 01JUN18
2nd C 15MAR15 13MAY09 C
3rd C 01NOV15 01JAN09 01FEB18

MU Law Analysis (all references are to Table A unless noted)

All Other: Although All Other EB-1 has a slight retrogression, the EB-2 and EB-3 categories remained current and are expected to remain current for the foreseeable future.

China: The EB-2 and EB-3 remain inverted, in spite of the fact that China EB-3 did not progress at all. Over the course of FY2020 we expect EB-2 to catch up to EB-3 and the two categories to stay roughly equal.

India: As with China, the EB-2 and EB-3 dates remain inverted. There was no material progress in either category. We expect very little progress in either category in future months.

Philippines: As we expected, EB-3 leapt forward almost 4 months. We still find the implementation of the EB-3 priority date to be too conservative. MU expects that this date will continue to rapidly move in the coming months, and could return to current in early 2020.